Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Klarus XT11 - Tactical Review

I received my Klarus XT11 a few months ago and am now getting my first chance to sit, relax and provide some feedback on this exceptional tactical torch. 


Having been active in the Police service for over 20 years I am by no means new to stress testing equipment. I've served as a patrol officer, on a tactical team and as an instructor. I have also participated in a number of tests of tactical products for specialised team use.

On receiving my Klarus XT11 the first thing that struck me was the minute attention to detail in everything down to the packaging. Everything I needed was there, torch, batteries, charger, lanyard, pouch the whole lot. Just looking at the torch I could tell that it is of extremely high quality manufacturing. No rough edges, no machining burs, no jiggles or rattles. Nice, robust and clean. Controls of the torch were easy to find as they're naturally located when using it tactically. My first tactical vehicle stop for the night sold me and made me a Klarus user for life.

Stopping a suspected stolen vehicle with multiple occupants is never easy or simple. Using the strobe function I was able to literally incapacitate the occupants as my partner approached the vehicle and I provided cover. It was amazing - no matter how the exiting driver tried, he couldn't look directly in the direction of the strobe. It caused immediate disorientation and his hands went straight up to cover his eyes as our verbal commands rained down on him. His companions in the car were as dazzled and confused - and weren't able to look back at us either. What a superb tool! Just a simple flashlight deployed in a tactical manner was able to give me a life saving advantage in a volatile situation. 


Later on the shift, we were first respondents to an accident scene involving multiple vehicles. I was able to use the XT11 in 50% brightness mode to cast light over the entire scene without dazzling the EMS personnel working to rescue a trapped driver. The shift and testing didn't stop there though. All through my shift I was using it like a boy with a new toy. The brightness of the beam was unbelievable and yet when searching a house that may have been broken into, there was no splash back of the light when shining it against full length windows - the beam simply traveled internally as if by magic.

Believe it or not, all of this testing in and around my shift wasn't even the jaw dropping part. Yes, I got it a little wet over the next few shifts and yes, I did indeed drop it a couple of times and it survived - I would expect nothing less with such precision engineering.

The jaw dropping part is that when I went on leave it lay with my kit bag for 4 weeks unused. Straight out of the bag I pressed the switch and there it was - bright and ready and thirsty for work - no noticeable battery drain!I was amazed that the battery hadn't drained noticeably after being unused for so long

Overall I can categorically say that I will never go on duty again without a Klarus torch by my side. As a Police Officer it's one of the best tactical tools I've encountered. Clearly designed by professionals for hard wearing use, it even slipped into a mount on my R5 without question. A figure 8 mount placed it squarely on a normal SAPS issue shotgun - and I can tell you that once you've mounted a XT11 on a shottie you will NEVER use a shotgun in the same way - it changes the tactical application completely and you'll wonder how you ever worked without one.

If you're one of those policemen who is after the best tactical tools available - you have to get an XT11.


Written By: Craig P.
Cape Town

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

How to look after your Tactical Flashlight properly

Nothing is more frustrating when you really, really need your tactical flashlight and you find out that it’s not working anymore. To avoid being in this situation you have to make a routine where you look after your tactical flashlight properly so it is always ready at a moment’s notice.

Consider using these easy steps before storing your beloved tactical flashlight…

1. Always make sure all dirt, dust, grime and water are wiped off of the outside case of the tactical flashlight. Use a soft cloth and try not to dent or damage the material.

2. Check your tactical flashlight to ensure that all threads on the body of the light and the head are clean and dry.

3. ALWAYS check the battery compartment for signs of leakage or corrosion.

4. Its best to remove and inspect the batteries after each use. Never leave the batteries inside your tactical flashlight when you know you won’t be using it for a long time.

5. Check the overall condition of the flashlight. Are there any cracks or holes? Is the power switch damaged? For a quick fix, use tape!

6. The condition of the glass over the bulb is also important. Make sure to clean and polish it and check for any cracks.

7. Don’t forget to examine the bulb and LED itself. If there are any broken or discoloured wires, replace immediately.

8. Do you have a lanyard on your tactical flashlight? If so, check it for any frays and make sure it is secure. The cord is the only thing holding your flashlight from falling.

9. Rust and corrosion can really damage your tactical flashlight, so coat the outside of your flashlight with silicone grease when you can. 

10. If you don’t use your tactical flashlight on a regular basis, wrap it up in a soft cloth to protect it and store it somewhere safe. 

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Even if you don’t often use your flashlight, make it a habit to check it and ensure that it is working properly. Maintaining your torch won’t take a lot of time and effort. You will be thankful you looked after it when you need it in an emergency and it works effectively!

Klarus creates and supplies some of the best LED torch technology on the planet. Visit the Klarus website today and order today!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

5 Important Features your Tactical Flashlight should have

When you’re looking for a tactical flashlight that is high quality, durable as well as affordable, Klarus offers only the best in LED tactical flashlight technology using Cree LEDs. Why? Because, Klarus tactical flashlights promise to consume very little energy, while still emitting a large amount of lumens at the most effective levels.

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Are you considering getting a tactical flashlight, but you’re not sure what all the correct features are? When experts study and test tactical flashlights, they research many different things, here’s what makes a real tactical flashlight, a REAL tactical flashlight!

      1.       It uses the correct batteries

An AA battery is the most common type of battery in the world, so it is easy to find and most of them are cheap to buy. However, a high quality tactical flashlight needs a high quality battery, so opt for the micro USB rechargeable 18650 battery from Klarus. Always remember that a tactical flashlight is no good if it doesn’t turn on!

      2.       100% durable

A proper tactical flashlight can be dropped from a height and live to tell the tale. No – you shouldn’t throw your tactical flashlight down a rocky cliff-face, but a tactical flashlight is manufactured to be able to withstand harsh conditions. If you flashlight breaks when you accidentally drop it on your living room floor, then it might as well be used as a paperweight or a door stopper.

      3.       LED diodes

LED tech has advanced to the point where even if your flashlight is super bright, the battery can still last for a very long time, even on the brightest setting. Basic flashlights which use incandescent bulbs use too much energy to light up, so the battery barely lasts and the light beam is not powerful at all. A tactical flashlight should use the latest LED technology!

      4.       Different modes

A tactical flashlight should have a range of different modes – at least three. The three modes include, the bright mode, which can be used to scare off an animal or temporarily blind an attacker, a middle range brightness mode for everyday use and a low mode which can be used in emergency situations when you need the battery life to last extra-long.

      5.       Reputation

It is so important that the tactical flashlight that you decide to purchase offers only the best in LED flashlight technology. Klarus designs and manufactures some of the best, most exciting and innovative LED flashlights on the planet. Make sure you choose a tactical flashlight that has a solid reputation that has proven to be effective in the field.


Always do you research before you buy a tactical flashlight – these five features are the backbone for any high-quality tactical flashlight!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

How to Safely Move Around in the Dark with a Flashlight

If you ever hear something go bump in the night, there may be a danger nearby. There is a certain way you need to move around in a dark space when you are using your flashlight to maximise your safety.

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Here’s how to do it…

>> Try the light switch first

If you are in a low-light environment, your first step should be to simply try turn on the main light source if it is convenient and safe to do so. The more light, the better!

Yes, there will be situations when turning on the main light switch is impossible. You may not be near the switch, the electricity is out or you are outside, etc. In that case you will need to use your flashlight!

Keep in mind that if you suspect threat there is an attacker nearby, you will need to use your flashlight in a certain way to keep yourself safe.

>> Light on, scan, light off, move

When you are maneuvering in a low-light environment and believe that there is an armed attacker nearby, you don’t want to leave your flashlight on the entire time. This will only make you an easy target. Instead, follow these simple steps:

- Light on
- Scan environment. Look for threats
- Light off
- Move
- Repeat

Your threat will likely shoot at or attack where they last saw the light from your flashlight. By turning off your flashlight and then moving, you will increase the chances that you’re not standing where your threat is going to attack.

Now you know how to safely and successfully move around in the dark!


For a range of durable, reliable, affordable, high quality flashlights as well as flashlight accessories, take a look at the Klarus website, email sales@klaruslight.co.za or call 071 6136 777

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

An LED Flashlight Myth you shouldn’t believe

When you think about a tactical flashlight, the first thing that pops into your mind is a huge, heavy flashlight that is too big and bulky to be used by the average Joe, only police personnel and security guards.

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Get this image out of your mind, because this is not what tactical LED flashlights are all about! They are not only designed for specialised purposes – yes, you can own one too!

Everyday technology continues to grow and evolve, as does LED flashlight technology. As torch technology changes, flashlights are now available to anyone in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different features too.

If you are only going to be using your LED flashlight for simple tasks around the house, like finding your keys under your seat or lighting up the house when the power goes out then a tactical flashlight that fits conveniently in your pocket is just right. Obviously if you’d like a more heavy duty flashlight for hiking trips, etc. then you’ll still be able to own one.

The most impressive advancement in LED flashlight technology is the LED bulbs that can now be found in almost every single tactical flashlight out there. They are not only smaller and lighter, but they’re also more powerful! Usually more power means the battery does not last as long, however LED combine power and extended battery life.


Looking for an affordable tactical flashlight, big or small? Visit the Klarus Light website and have a look through the wide range of torches. From the large XT20 Tactical Torch to the tiny Mi7 – place your order today from sales@klaruslight.co.za or call 071 6136 777.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

How your LED Flashlight can save your life!

The darkness can be a dangerous and scary place, especially in an emergency situation when you have to do what you can to fight to survive. The dark can really be your greatest enemy – it’s confusing, it creates panic and fear and it is a great place for awaiting criminals to hide.

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Klarus designs and manufacture some of the most exciting, practical and innovative LED torches on the planet with ultra-high Lumen output. Place your orders today!

When it comes to staying safe and feeling safe in the dark, a reliable flashlight is one of the most important tools to keep on hand at all times. Learning how to use your LED flashlight properly can mean the difference between life and death in a number of survival situations.

Here are five ways you can use your flashlight to save your life:

- See trouble coming from a mile away!


Criminals love to work in the cover of darkness, so spoil their plans by getting an LED flashlight and spot a potential attack before it even happens. Shine your LED flashlight when you walk home and you’ll be able to light up the shadows where criminals may be hiding.

- Self-defence


A sturdy, durable tactical LED flashlight can also be used as a weapon against an attacker. Instead of holding it the way people usually do, with your fingers pointing towards the bulb, invert your fist and grip the flashlight with the bulb pointing away from your thumb. Holding your LED flashlight this way will allow you to use to jab an attacker or swing it like a baton!

- Signal for help

Use your LED flashlight as an emergency signal if you are ever lost, stranded or in trouble. Many hikers who have been lost have used their LED flashlights as signals so search and rescue teams can find them. Always remember that three fast pulses of light can be used to signal for help.

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- Protect against an animal attack

There might be a time in your life when you are out camping or hiking and you come across a dangerous, wild animal. Should this happen at night, a bright blast of light in an animals eye with your LED flashlight will disorientate the creature and hopefully scare them enough to send them running.

- Escape a potential death trap

In the event that there is an earthquake, tsunami, fire or any other natural disaster you may be trapped in a dark building that you need to quickly escape from. Having a handy LED flashlight on hand will hopefully keep you calm and help you get out without too many injuries.

Survival is all about resourcefulness and getting the most out of every tool available to you. An LED flashlight is one of the most versatile tools available!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

How to look after your Flashlight properly

When you desperately need your torch and you pull it out to discover it’s not working anymore, nothing is more frustrating! To avoid this dilemma you have to create a routine where you maintain and store your flashlight so it’s always ready at a moment’s notice.

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 Consider using these easy steps before storing your beloved flashlight…

1. Always make sure all bits of dirt, dust, grime and water are wiped off of the outside case of the torch. Use a soft cloth and try not to dent or damage the material.

2. Ensure the threads on the body and the head are clean and dry and without any snags.

3. ALWAYS check the battery compartment for signs of leakage or corrosion.

4. Its best to remove and inspect the batteries after each use. Never leave the batteries inside your torch when you know you won’t be using it for a long time.

5. Check the overall condition of the flashlight. Are there any cracks or holes? Is the power switch damaged? For a quick fix, use tape!

6. The condition of the glass over the bulb is also important. Make sure to clean and polish it and check for any cracks.

7. Don’t forget to examine the bulb and LED itself. If there are any broken or discoloured wires, replace immediately.

8. Do you have a lanyard on your flashlight? If so, check it for any frays and make sure it is secure. The cord is the only thing holding your flashlight from falling.

9. Protect your torch against rust and corrosion. Lightly coat all the grooves and ridges with silicone grease when possible.

10. If you rarely use your flashlight, wrap it in soft protective cloth when you store it.

Even if you don’t often use your flashlight, make it a habit to check it and ensure that it is working properly. Maintaining your torch won’t take a lot of time and effort. You will be thankful you looked after it when you need it in an emergency and it works effectively!

Klarus creates and supplies some of the best LED torch technology on the planet. Visit the Klarus website today and order today!